Category: EU-Vietnam VPA

About VPA

The VPA is a legally-binding bilateral trade agreement that aims to improve forest governance and promote trade in legal timber from Vietnam to the EU. Under the VPA, Vietnam will develop Timber Legality Assurance Systems (TLAS) to verify that its timber exports are legal, and the EU has agreed to accept only licensed imports from […]

CORE GROUP: Stakeholder engagement, coordination and out-reach mechanisms

In the VPA negotiation phase, a variety of stakeholder consultation and engagement mechanisms were employed. Since 2010, a series of national consultation workshops, working groups and stakeholder meetings were organised by VNFOREST on the contents of the Agreement. The timber industry associations have been an important intermediary for the engagement of private sector actors. In […]